A Pathfinder for Global Health

For the 2016 HLEG and the IAC’s 33rd Annual meeting, Professor John Wyn Owen and Professor Colin McInnes, Department of International Politics Aberystwyth University prepared a draft Pathfinder on New Realities for Global Health Security for the InterAction Council. Professor McInnes also worked with Public Health Wales to prepare a draft Pathfinder for Global Health: Potential Approaches in Wales

The report and the recommendations of the 2016 HLEG on New Realities for Global Health Security  were presented by HE Bertie Ahern and Professor John Wyn Owen at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the InterAction Council in Baku, Azerbaijan in March.

A follow up meeting was held in Cardiff between Public Health Wales, the Learned Society, Department of International Politics Aberystwyth and representatives of the UN Universities to work out future steps. The outcome was an agreement in principle to establish a collaboration including  COMSEC (Commonwealth Secretariat) for People’s Wellbeing and Planetary Health  and with a view to providing amongst others feedback to the InterAction Council meeting in 2018.

The meeting also considered next steps with an agreement in principle of using health as a bridge to both peace and national wellbeing and with a view to establishing a coalition of like-minded partners to take forward the integrated themes of one health/ planetary health as People’s Wellbeing and Planetary Health.

A key objective for such a coalition is to better prepare all national states to deliver the wider global health agenda but with Wales as a exemplar pathfinder nation, given the unique legislation enshrined in the Wellbeing of Futures Generations Act (Wales) 2015.

Final Baku Communiqué.